Atacaya’s main living and dining room is on the villa’s uppermost tier, flanked by a water garden and a rock wall festooned with orchids and tree ferns. This room also provides guests with their first glimpse of the beautiful river valley view. With open sides and a lofty alang-alang thatched roof, this fan-cooled space offers a semi-indoor dining option with a table for 12 conveniently situated next to a self-contained kitchen, and a small sitting area to one side of the dining table.
Down at ground level is a covered, open-air sitting space with a bar at one end and an air-conditioned TV room at the other. Wide sliding doors to the TV room can be opened onto the sitting area to create one big sociable space. Outside in the garden, a glass-topped table set upon white marble paving stones, provides dining for 12 under the stars. As night falls, staff light a firebowl at the edge of the lawn, which throws dancing shadows around the courtyard.
At the far side of the garden courtyard, the 15-metre swimming pool appears to overflow into the river valley. As you cool off at the pool’s edge you might just see the iridescent blue flash of a kingfisher as it swoops over the water.
A spiral staircase winds down to a riverside deck. This is the perfect place to practice yoga or meditate to the murmur of the river. Also on this level is a bale relaxation pavilion – just the spot for a massage.